The Man in the Moon

Synopsis: Rural Louisiana, summer of 1957, Elvis is King. At 14, Dani is coming of age. Her older sister is beautiful, smart, and off to Duke in the fall; her mom's pregnant with number four (Dad wants a son), and Dad's pretty strict. Life gets sweeter when 17-year-old Court Foster, his widowed mom, and two little brothers move into the vacant farm next door. Court likes Dani's high spirits and direct way, and though he has a man's responsibilities on the farm, they go off swimming sometimes. The waters of adolescence are deeper than Dani realizes as hers and Court's feelings get jumbled. Then Mother Nature throws wrenching surprises at Dani, and she must come to terms with new emotions.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Robert Mulligan
Production: MGM
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min


# My whole life through #


[Record player]

# I will spend #

# My whole life through #

# Loving you #

# Just loving you #

# Winter, summer #

# Springtime, too #

# Loving you #

# Loving you #

# Makes no difference #

# Where I go #

# Or what I may do #

# You know that #

# I've always been #

# Loving you #

# Just you and #

# If Im seen

with someone new #

# Don't be blue #

# Don't you be blue #

# I'll be faithful #

# I'll be true #

# Always true #

# True to you #

# There is only

one for me #

# And you know who #

# You know that

Ill always be #

# Loving #

# You #

I love Elvis so much.

You love

everybody so much.

I do not.

You do, too.

No, I don't.

Ok, you don't.

Well, I don't.

Maureen, sometimes

you make me feel

like such a baby.

Ha ha ha.

You are a baby.

I wish I could be

just like you.

Don't talk silly.

It's not silly.

You're the smartest girl

in school.

You're so pretty

it hurts.

Boys fall

all over themselves

when you walk

down the street,

and Im just a lump.

Come on,

you're not a lump.

You've never

been a lump.

You wouldn't know one

if you fell over it.

If Im so

damned perfect,

why is my head

so mixed up?

Mixed up about what?

Well, I mean,

sometimes things just

don't make sense,

and all of a sudden

I get scared.

Scared of what?

I don't know.

Are you all right,


I don't know.

See, I don't know

anything anymore.

One minute,

all I can think about

is packing my bags

and catching

the first bus.

And then

the next minute,

Im afraid that once

I get out in the world,

it's going

to eat me alive.

That's dumb, Maureen.

You've got

a scholarship to duke,

and you're going

to live in the dorm.


going to eat you.

Sometimes I wonder

if I shouldn't just

stay here and get a job

or get married

like everybody else.

Marry who?

Somebody. I don't know.

Billy Sanders?

Good Lord, no!

Do you remember

when we were little

and mama

used to tell us,

when things

get all mixed up,

all you have to do

is tell the man

in the moon?

Yeah, you just

had to keep on talking

until you were sure

you told him everything

so that he

had all the pieces,

just like a puzzle.

And then he'd

work out the puzzle

while you

were asleep.

Yeah, but that was

kid's stuff, Maureen.

We're too old

for make-believe.

Yeah, I know.



Dani, are you up yet?

Maureen, get that child

out of bed!

Dani, come on, get up.

You're going to be

late for church.

I hate church!

All right. You know,

once your baby brother

gets here,

you women won't be

able to boss me around.

I won't be so outnumbered.

And I won't be

so pregnant.

How do you feel?

Not skinny.

Another 2, 3 weeks,

you'll be

back to normal.

Next time

you have a baby,

you let me know how normal

you feel afterward.

Can't you girls

get in there

and give

your mother a hand?


These eggs

are getting cold.

Daddy going

to his church again?

Does he ever

miss a Sunday?

Why does he call it church

when it's not?

When he asked my daddy

if he could marry me,

my daddy said only if he

agreed to find the Lord.

And he says

it's a lot easier

finding the Lord

out fishing

than in any church

he's ever been in.

I think he's right.

Don't think

you're going

to find

the Lord with him.

I want you upstairs.

Brush your teeth,

wash your face.

You're going

to Sunday school.

[Bell ringing]

Morning, Maureen.

Well, I declare,

you're just filling out

all over, aren't you?

Morning, Abby.

How's the Trant family?

Oh, just fine.

Oh, and, Danielle,

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Jenny Wingfield

Jenny Wingfield is an American screenwriter and novelist. Born in Fountain Hill, Arkansas, Wingfield spent much of her childhood in Louisiana, where her father was a preacher. She attended Southern State College (now Southern Arkansas University) in Magnolia, and after graduating taught languages for several years. Her screenwriting credits have included the films The Man in the Moon and The Outsider, as well as Hallmark Hall of Fame's A Dog Named Christmas, which was the winner of the 2010 Genesis Award. Her debut novel, The Homecoming of Samuel Lake was published in 2011. more…

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